Round and Round I Go
Happy New Year!
One of the things I wanted to do more of this past year was to stitch on felt. I did one wool painting based on Moy Mackay’s “Anemones” from her book Art Felt and Stitch that I used free motion embroidery for the first time. http://feltingandfiberstudio.com/?s=moy+mackay
I was a bit intimidated, but Lyn from Rosiepink encouraged me to keep trying. So, using Rosiepink’s ebook I chose to try an embroidered bowl. http://rosiepink.typepad.co.uk/rosiepink/handmade-felt-and-stitch-bowls.html
I gathered up a lot of my swatches and scraps and decided to use some batik fabric samples I cut up, silk scraps of habotai and chiffon, hand dyed locks, cotton scrim, throwsters waste, hand dyed kid mohair, mulberry silk — dyed and undyed . One batik swatch that I liked had Oriental fish. I used that idea for the center of the bowl with handmade prefelt and later in the process I embroidered the details.
Following the instructions, I layed put the circle base and carefully decorated it with my prefelts, scraps and other embellishments. I used hand dyed mulberry silk on the back to give that some color and shine, but didn’t take a picture. Here is the inner side before felting.
After felting I let it dry then put in the embroidery details before starting the free motion stitching.
I purchased five different colors of rayon Gutterman thread — grape, cranberry, turquoise, light purple and silver.
After getting organized to sew, I held my breath, said a prayer and round and round I went stitching as instructed happily watching the bowl take shape right before my eyes!
However, my eyes were crossed by the time I finished trying to follow the rows of stitching needed. But the result was worth it. The stitching isn’t perfect especially in the center. I found it challenging to do the tighter small circles.
It was hard to get decent pictures of the sides between the angle and the lightning. But you can see the colors underneath and the shiny rayon threads.
Thanks again to Lyn and Annie for such great instructions and your encouragement. I hope one of these days the free motion will be second hand, but I still need more practice. Fortunately, there are many more projects in the book to try besides venturing out on my own.
So, one of my resolutions is to continue to challenge myself to try new free motion projects this year. What fiber resolutions have you made for 2015?